Naval Special Operations
Why I want to be a Navy SEAL
Many people ask why do you want to be apart of something so elite and tough? Why not just join the Marines or the Army? Why the Navy SEALs? To be completely honest, I'm not even sure I know myself. Just like every other boy once in their lifetime I dreamed of being a soldier. Most of the time the majority of the boys abandon their goal of being one as they grow older and decide to pursue becoming a Superstar, or the President, but in my case It kind of stuck with me. I wanted to fight the bad guys and save the world. However, It wasn't until I was 10 that I realized that war isnt as thrilling as its made out to be. War is bloody and gruesome, and if you're not careful you can end up getting hurt really bad or even worst you can be killed or captured and tortured! But in the end I convinced myself that this was what I wanted to do, I'm ready to defend this Nation no matter what it is that I'm fighting, no matter what it costs me. Because when I fight I'll at least know that I'm fighting for the future of not only what I'll come back to, but for the future of my children, or my children's children.
About the Navy SEALs and what they do
On November 23, 1943 the U.S. Marine landing on Tarawa Atoll emphasized the need for hydrographic reconnaissance and underwater demolition of obstacles prior to any water based landing. Offshore coral reefs and other obstacles in the surf had resulted in many of the Marines drowning or being hit by enemy fire because their landing craft could not reach the beach. After the Tarawa landing, Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner ordered the formation of nine Underwater Demolition Teams. Thirty officers and 150 enlisted men were moved to the Waimānalo Amphibious Training Base to form the base of a demolition training program. This group became the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) ONE and TWO.The UDTs first saw action on January 31, 1944 during "Operation Flintlock" in the Marshall Islands. Flintlock became the real cataclysm for the UDT training program in the Pacific Campaign. In February 1944, the Naval Combat Demolition Training and Experimental Base was established at Kīhei, Maui, next to the Amphibious Base at Kamaole. Eventually, 34 UDT teams were established. Wearing swim suits, fins, and dive masks on combat operations, these soldiers saw action across the Pacific in every major amphibious landing including: Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Angaur, Ulithi, Peleliu, Leyte, Lingayen Gulf, Zambales, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Labuan, Brunei Bay, and on July, 4 1945 at Balikpapan on Borneo, which was the last UDT demolition operation of the war. The rapid demobilization at the end stages of the war reduced the number of active duty UDTs to two on each coast with a complement of seven officers and 45 enlisted men each. Soon after the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, President John F. Kennedy, aware of the situation in Southeast Asia, recognized the need for an unconventional warfare and special operations unit as a use against the type of guerrilla warfare they were being faced with by the Viet Cong. In a speech, to Congress, on May 25, 1961 Kennedy spoke of his deep respect for the United States Army Special Forces. While his announcement of the government's plan to put a man on the moon drew most of the attention, in the same speech he announced his intention to spend over $100 million to strengthen U.S. special operations forces and expand American capabilities in unconventional warfare. Some people heavily credit President Kennedy with creating the U.S. Navy SEALs, but many are unaware of it's true begining with the UDTs. His announcement was actually only a formal acknowledgement of a process that had been under way since the conflict in Korea. Although there are a number of notable operations that the SEALs played a vital part in, perhaps one of the most well known operations conducted by them is the one involving the death of Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the dreaded "Al Qaeda" and main organizer for 9/11. In the early morning of May 1, 2011 local time, a team of 40 Navy SEALs along with a Belgian Malinois Military Working Dog, and support by Special Activities Division officers on the ground, killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan in a covert CIA operation. The Navy SEALs were part of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), also known as and formerly known as "SEAL Team 6". President Barack Obama later confirmed the death of bin Laden, but did not directly mention the involvement of DEVGRU, saying only that a "small team" of Americans undertook the operation to bring down bin Laden. The unexpected media coverage raised the public profile of the SEAL community, particularly the counter-terrorism specialists commonly known as SEAL Team 6. The Walt Disney Company tried unsuccessfully to trademark the name "SEAL Team 6" the day after the raid. The official name of the military operation was Operation NEPTUNE SPEAR. The model of the compound used in the 60 Minutes documentary was donated by CBS to the Navy SEAL Museum.
Training, Income, and the life of a Navy SEAL
SEAL training is one of the most rigorous, having a reputation as one of the toughest in the world. The drop out rate for SEAL training is sometimes over 90 percent. Typically, a Navy SEAL candidate spends over a year in a series of formal training environments before being awarded the Special Warfare Operator Naval Rating and the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 5326 Combatant Swimmer (SEAL) or, in the case of commissioned naval officers, the designation Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Officer. The timeline for SEAL training looks something like this: 8-week Naval Special Warfare Prep School, 24-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/s) Training, 3-week Parachute Jump School, 26-week SEAL Qualification Training (SQT)Upon graduation from SQT, recruits receive the official Navy SEAL Trident, designating them as an official Navy SEAL. They are then assigned to a SEAL Team or SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Team and begin 18 months of predeployment training before they are considered deployable. This training consists of: 6-month Individual Specialty Training, 6-month Unit Level Training, 6-month Task Group Level Training those Enlisted SEALs with a medical rating will first attend Advanced Medical Training Course for 6 months in San Antonio before joining a team in order to become a SEAL medic. Those hoping for officer positions first attend the Junior Officer Training Course to learn about operations planning and how to perform team briefings. In total it can at the most take over 2.5 years to completely train a Navy SEAL for his first deployment. However, training your body to be ready for the SEALs and the combat you will face is only the beginning. You must also train your mind to become more aware of your surroundings and the people beside you, if you dont you can end up getting ambushed and shot or captured. Becoming a SEAL is a very stressful process, so is just BEING one. Which is why only the best are selected. Now, I know youre probably thinking ¨The pay must be great, to be apart of something so elite and dangerous, and I hate to break it to you but it all varies on a couple of things like if a SEAL is an O-1 commissioned officer who has fewer than two months of experience may make something around $2,876.40 per month which is the equivalent of $34,512 per year. After being on the job for more than three months, the annual pay increases to $43,428 without any change in rank. As a SEAL moves up the ranks, his annual salary can range from $55,000 to $75,000. At the highest levels, an O-10 commissioned officer who has 40 or more months of experience will earn $19,566.90 per month, which is equal to $234,792 per year! So if youre willing to hang around for that long than I guess you can say you will be making some pretty decent pay.
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